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Castle of Dreams

Ghasr-e Shirin

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Jalal (Hamed Behdad) wants nothing to do with the responsibilities of the past. He shows up at his ex-wife Shirin’s house (while she’s in the hospital, no less) to reclaim his old SUV but can’t make a clean break: somebody needs to pick up his son and daughter from school. Over the rest of the day, in and around that vehicle, Jalal re-encounters everything he wants to leave behind. His kids, Ali (Yuna Tadayyon) and Sara (Niousha Alipour), are the stars here, direct and inquisitive in meeting their authoritarian father’s excuses and lies, as inextricable a pair as the children in Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter.

The award-winner at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (the jury was led by the esteemed Nuri Bilge Ceylan), Castle of Dreams marks the first film at VIFF since 2001’s Under the Moonlight for director Reza Mirkarimi. In that film, a young man questioned his training to be a cleric, and here the ideas that bind a family together are likewise held up for examination.

"Subtly written and sensitively directed." - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Shanghai 19


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North American premiere
Director Reza Mirkarimi
Country of Origin: Iran
Year: 2019
Running Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Farsi
Related Links: Official Website | Trailer | Review
Cast: Hamed Behdad, Zhila Shahi, Azadeh Nobahari, Nioosha Alipour, Youna Tadayyon, Akbar Ayeen
Executive Producer: Mohammad Sadegh Mirkarimi
Producer: Reza Mirkarimi
Screenwriter: Mohsen Gharaei, Mohammad Davoudi
Cinematographer: Morteza Hodaie
Editor: Reza Mirkarimi
Production Design: Atoosa Ghalamfarsaie
Music: Amin Honarmand
Print Source: IRIMAGE

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